Niccolò Otto von Bismarck Quotations

Otto von Bismarck

A conquering army on the border will not be stopped by eloquence.

A government must not waiver once it has chosen it's course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.

Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.

Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only compensation for noble sacrifices.

He who has his thumb on the purse has the power.

I have never lived on principles. When I have had to act, I never first asked myself on what principles I was going to act, but I went at it and did what I thought fit. I have often reproached myself for my want of principle.

I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.

Politics is the art of the next best.

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

There is only one greater folly than that of the fool who says in his heart there is no God, and that is the folly of the people that says with its head that it does not know whether there is a God or not.

The three signs of great men are -- generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

Universal suffrage is the government of a house by its nursery.

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out.

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.